February 11, 2015
Filed Under North Tahoe Events
On Thursday, February 26th the Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema will host and showcase nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled during the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. The festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films, from well- known filmmakers to first-timers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions. The evening celebrates both types, as they search out untracked powder and terrain in their respective ranges across the globe.
The festival was created in 2004 to highlight Winter Wildlands Alliance’s efforts to preserve and promote winter landscapes for human-powered users. From a single showing in Boise that year, the festival has grown to include screenings throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, Australia, Antarctica, and Asia. Funds raised from ticket sales stay in local communities to support like-minded, human-powered recreation and conservation efforts as well as to raise awareness of winter management issues, avalanche training/safety and winter education programs.
For 2015, the program includes:
- Out on a Limb: Winner and Best of Festival production from T-Bar Films which tells the story of Vasu, who’s love for skiing and the backcountry overcomes all obstacles
- Powder Pilgrimage: Best of the Backcountry Award Winner from Joey Howell, which chronicles the ventures of two friends ski bumming to Valdez, Alaska
- Backcountry Baker: Best Grassroots Film winner by Jeremy Lurgio, which follows a Labrador Retriever named Baker as he and his owner pursue their love of backcountry skiing
- From the Road: Fischer Creative portrays the balance between liberation and limitation as a group of athletes come together to help a skiing comrade gain reconciliation on a giant Alaskan peak which ended his professional guiding career
- Afterglow: A revolutionary and visually spectacular film from Sweetgrass Productions that brings a whole new light to night skiing
- 95 to Infinity: Doglotion Media follows brothers Andy and Mike Traslin as they keep the torch lit for 95 months of consecutive winter turns
- Higher: Teton Gravity Research continuation of the adventures of Jeremy Jones
- Sundog: Sturge Films captures the dog days of skiing in powder-filled Patagonia
The festival is part of the larger Alpenglow Mountain Festival, a 9-day celebration of human-powered winter mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, presentations, film and more. Geared toward the beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing and split boarding, snowshoeing and natural history events.